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A Stimulus For Oshkosh, WI (already in the works)(or wars) OPEN THREAD

According to the lib estimates, the war in Iraq is nearing the $600 Billion total.  Presently, our new commander-in-chief is suggesting $850 Billion to “stimulate the economy”.  Why is one supposed to work where one is supposed to have failed?

If I may be so bold, I’d like to propose this as an open thread.

On January 5, 2009, it was announced that “Oshkosh Defense has been awarded a sole source contract with the Defense Logistics Agency to provide replacement parts for medium and heavy tactical vehicles. This annual contract has a potential duration of 10 years, if all option years are exercised, and a value of up to $1.12 billion.”

On one hand, the war spending Nearly $600 Billion over 6 years is terrible for America, horrible for the economy, a shameful and damning example of hubris for conservatism, probably caused the “economic crisis”, and is generally harmful to children and other living things.

On the other hand, $850 Billion in a single lump sum will supposedly succeed where war-spending has not.  It will stimulate the economy, repudiate free-market economics, repudiate the hubris of the capitalists, solve the worst economic crisis since the great depression, and will solve many of the problems faced by a growing population on a warming planet.

Please let me know what you think, as I’m writing a smackdown op-ed for the local newspaper, and I wish to defend the “military industrial complex”.